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Colorado Freedom Memorial :: Public Dedication Tomorrow

Today a dream becomes a reality. After over ten years of hard work, dedication, planning and fundraising  the celebration begins.

Today, a VIP Red-Carpet reception and a concert to honor Gold Star families takes place before the public dedication of the Colorado Freedom Memorial scheduled for tomorrow at 2pm.

I urge you to visit the memorial. It is difficult to put into words the thought in the design, not to mention the emotion that stirs within yourself as you see the name of each and every Colorado veteran that gave their life for our freedom.

Thank you, Rick Crandall, for your dream and making it a reality.

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Posted on May 25, 2013 and filed under Events.

What is the Colorado Freedom Memorial?

The Colorado Freedom Memorial honors Colorado veterans of all wars, by name, in one place. Regardless of one's rank; one's branch of service; or one's generation of conflict, giving your life for your country is the highest price to be paid. The Colorado Freedom Memorial is constructed of glass that will reflect Colorado's mountains and blue skies. It is approximately 12-feet tall and 95-feet wide. Each of the names of the nearly 6,000 Coloradans killed or missing in action will be etched in the glass panels dedicated to the specific war in which they fought. In the case of the MIA's, their names will be etched in a special panel of glass.

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According to the designer, Kristoffer Kenton:

"The memorial is meant to be a symbolic gesture of the fallen men and women, one in which the visitor can truly experience the magnitude of people effected by the loss of our own. As one reflects on the loss of their loved one, their own image is reflected in the glass panels, and as the visitors accumulate the true number of people affected by these losses are now represented within the memorial.

"The folding of the glass panels serves two purposes; the first is to be representative of the tectonic folding of the mountains and the beautiful landscape that we have in Colorado, while the second is to create a sense of instability as the visitor approaches the memorial, just as it is when the world is at war. The memorial is meant to be a place of reflection and remembrance, and will be a calm, subdued experience, one in which the visitor can sit quietly and reflect upon their lost loved ones."

Public dedication is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at 2pm.

Colorado Freedom Memorial  is located in Aurora near Buckley Air Force base in Springhill Community Park, 756 N. Telluride St., Aurora, Colo., 80111.

Posted on May 24, 2013 and filed under Events.

Team-Builiding, love them or hate them?

Team-building events. Love them or hate them. When it is put on the calendar, it seems like a good idea. As the day approaches, and when we actually have to move out of our comfort zone and do it, grumbles start to happen. A few weeks ago, we had a planned team-building event scheduled. We had the honor and privilege to install the flagpoles at The Colorado Freedom Memorial site in Aurora, Colorado. Once we were awarded the job we decided the entire staff would have a hand in the installation the flagpoles. Yes, all of us.

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The afternoon started out pleasant and our service department taught the office staff all about internal halyard flagpoles hands on.

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They showed those of us who work in the office how to assemble and install a flagpole.

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As the day progressed, the afternoon thunderstorms rolled in and before you knew it we were working in the pouring rain.

Our dedicated service team thought nothing of the rain and kept on working.

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The poles were installed and we learned what your service department does on a daily basis.

We were all honored to have a hand in installing the poles at a memorial that holds so much emotion.

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Team-building events.  Yes, I believe in them. We work together, think together and then the magic happens.  By the end, everyone is chummy, proud of a job well done and glad we did it.

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